Early in the morning, I woke up in Los Angeles. I had just arrived after a long flight from Wilmington, NC, and it felt good to finally be there. Despite facing some mechanical issues during a transfer in Dallas, which resulted in a lengthy stay at the airport bar, I was excited to start my day in LA.
To my surprise, as I picked up my phone, I saw a call from David Tracy. He was thrilled to hear that I had made it to LA safely and was eager to meet me later in the day. It was a moment I had been waiting for, as David and I had been friends and colleagues for three years without ever meeting in person.
After getting ready, I headed downstairs in the AirBnB where I would be staying for the week. Sitting on the couch was Thomas Hundal, a highly knowledgeable writer in our field. I was impressed by his expertise and his warm Canadian smile.
Suddenly, I heard a familiar voice behind me saying my initials. It was Jason Torchinsky, one of my favorite auto writers. Meeting him in person, even in his pajamas with a cup of coffee, was a dream come true for me.
As if that wasn’t enough, Matt Hardigree, another well-known figure in the automotive industry, walked in with breakfast for all of us. I was touched by his kindness and generosity.
Despite being in LA for only a few hours, the experience had already exceeded my expectations. Little did I know that it was just the beginning of an incredible time at the LA Auto Show.
Upon arrival at the show, I found myself surrounded by iconic cars like the Batmobile and vehicles from “The Fast & Furious” films. The sheer awesomeness of the event was difficult to put into words.
Throughout the week, I had the opportunity to meet even more incredible people, such as David and Mercedes, and it felt like completing a bingo card of the Autopian team. I was excited to contribute to the show by covering cars on social media, participating in podcast discussions, and even bartending at the Autopian Happy Hour.
As the days went by, leaving the LA Auto Show became increasingly difficult. The experience had been nothing short of unforgettable, and it was a privilege to be a part of it.
Q: What is the LA Auto Show?
A: The LA Auto Show is an annual event that showcases the latest and greatest cars in the automotive industry.
Q: Who are some of the notable figures mentioned in the article?
A: David Tracy, Thomas Hundal, Jason Torchinsky, and Matt Hardigree are all well-known writers in the auto industry.
Q: What is the Autopian team?
A: The Autopian team consists of a group of individuals passionate about cars and the automotive community.